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David Tarkington
Orange Park, FL
Pastor of First Baptist Church of Orange Park. Expand (Church Planting) Team Champion for the Jacksonville Baptist Association.
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First Baptist Church of Orange Park (where I have the honor of serving as pastor) was founded on May 1, 1921. The church was initially started after Mrs. Carrie Clarke began leading a children's Bible study on her front porch... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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In our local church we have had what seems to be our fair share (if not an overabundance) of members who have been diagnosed with cancer over the years. The "prayer list" seems to always have names of men, women,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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There are a few authors who are on my "buy the book as soon as it is available" list. Jared C. Wilson is one such author. His books focusing on the gospel and specifically on church and ministry leadership are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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A few weeks ago I was asked to lead one of our local junior high school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) huddle. What I love about these young people is that once they determined that being an athlete on a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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Our denomination is unique from other groups that fall under that designation. In fact, Southern Baptists are not actually a denomination by the full definition of the term. This is due to the autonomy of Baptist churches and the organization... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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I will often get questions from church members, even those on staff, regarding the feasibility of using a curriculum item or teaching series by certain teachers. This has seemingly multiplied as more and more pastors and teachers have shifted from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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Last year a book titled Younique: Designing the Life that God Dreamed for You by Will Mancini, Dave Rhodes, and Cory Hartman was published. Mancini and his team are well-known among pastors and church leaders for their practical, easy to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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A few years ago I finally recognized that when young pastors are told to find mentors in the ministry who have served as pastors longer, who are older, presumably wiser, and have more grey hair (or... no hair) that I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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Recently I have been listening and learning from other pastors, church leaders, ministry coaches, and those on our own church staff about some of the things that are essential to be a healthy church as well as a church with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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Early last week I read a news article that stated Iranian dissidents planned to attack the US Capitol Building on Wednesday, January 6. The threat was intercepted by air traffic controllers on Monday, January 4. Apparently, the motivation was retaliation... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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Last Sunday, I preached the sermon for our church's in-person and online gathering from my home office. The new year begins with a two-month sermon series on the the doctrine of the church. The irony of preaching the first sermon... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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Jeff Foxworthy has made a living off one joke. The "You might be a redneck if..." joke launched his career and he has done very well, to say the least. My friend Mike Williams has done stand-up comedy in churches... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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There are instances in pastoral leadership when we must admit that even though we know certain things are not best for the church or the path to disciple-making, we do them anyway. For instance, most gospel-focused pastors I know clearly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Church planting is considered trendy by some. Church planting is a term that has become used greatly in the past decade or so, but in truth is not new. In fact, it is how the gospel has spread throughout the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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"It's 2020" has become the common response to anything and everything that has and is happening out of the ordinary and causing disruption in our pre-planned, surprise-free, "normal" lives. I get it. To state that this year has been challenging... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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In most churches pastors are hired (called) and given a job description which lists expectations the congregation holds. Perhaps this is an example of current-era business practices and human resource strategies being "baptized" and brought into the church. I am... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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There are phrases that we say because we know we are supposed to say them. These words give an appearance of understanding, right thinking, and maturity. For instance, in an election year such as we have experience, phrases from Christians... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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It's true. After a long night of watching prognosticators, spinmeisters, analysts, and pundits explain maps, coloring within the lines either red or blue, flip-flops on what things mean, frustrations, celebrations, and all that comes with this season...WE HAVE THE ANSWER!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Three years ago we began making the very strategic shift in our church from a simple age-grade programmatic model to an equipping model. This model is focused on equipping disciples within families with an emphasis on making disciples who make... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Ashley (Tarkington) O'Brien has read the book The Pastor's Kid:What It's Like and How to Help by Barnabas Piper and as a pastor's kid (my kid) she has written this review of, or rather a response to, his book. Yet,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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It’s a presidential election year. The two major US political parties have just completed their respective conventions. However, the conventions this year were much different than those in the past. Thanks to COVID-19, the typical scenes of convention centers filled... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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It’s a presidential election year. The two major US political parties have just completed their respective conventions. However, the conventions this year were much different than those in the past. Thanks to COVID-19, the typical scenes of convention centers filled... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Perhaps it is simply human nature? Maybe it is the deeply held desire to feel good about oneself? It could be that as long as we find someone else who is a worse person than we are, we deprives ourselves... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Welcome to 2020, the gift that just keeps on giving. Way back (about 3,000 days ago) on January 1, there was much optimism from many for this year. Of course, in the United States, we were just getting started in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2020 at davidtarkington.com
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Let me make this clear at the outset, I know this coronavirus pandemic has left many people hurting in many ways. In no way am I minimizing the grief of those who have had loved ones die of COVID-19. Those... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2020 at davidtarkington.com